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Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Condiment Dish

One of the best times to use your handcrafted pottery, besides everyday, is when you have guests. Yes, you could put out a can of nuts, a bag of chips and a jar of salsa and call it a party. However, your guests may feel a little more special if you serve them any of these items in a nice vessel.

The design of this condiment dish is based on the relish tray my grandmother always used to serve pickles. I love pickles so I loved the dish. This piece doesn’t feel as grandmotherly as hers did but it still serves the same purpose, you can serve two items side by side and only use one dish.

Hand Made ceramic condiment dish by Lori Buff
Condiment Dish

I like it for cheese dip on one side and guacamole on the other. Or two flavors of dip for veggies or chips. It would also be terrific for nuts, say mixed nuts on one side and rosemary cashews on the other. Oh, the combinations are limited only by the imagination. What would you serve in this dish?

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Comments

  1. any kind of dish that holds more than one item is a winner to me, especially since it saves steps for the cook.

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  2. I love your knob handle. I bet you sell lots of these!

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    1. Thanks Michèle, I do tend to sell all of them that I make, and they don’t stay in stock very long.

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  3. what a cutie :) i could use it to serve my lunchtime soup on one side, hold my biscuit on the other during my solitary lunch!

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    1. That’s a great use that I hadn’t even considered. Thanks Gary.

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  4. Beautiful shape, and I really like the glaze too.

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